Headteacher’s News – 2018 05 04

Peter Blake, former headmaster of Windsor Boys’ School, was given a final round of applause by TWBS students today.  As his funeral procession passed the front of the school, boys of all ages lined both sides of the street as a mark of respect.  They spontaneously, in good sporting fashion, broke out into genuine applause to recognise the passing of the most influential headteacher the school has seen.  The church was full of family, friends, colleagues and former students who shared a most moving but uplifting funeral service.  Everyone remembered a tremendous family man, a great headteacher and a man of unshakeable faith.  The wake was held at the Windsor Rugby Club, where he was first team captain and latterly president.  There was much reminiscence and good humour as all kinds of memories were shared.  Altogether a fitting tribute to a true Windsorian.

The MCC match is in full swing (as I write) on a beautifully sunny day.  It is great to see so many friends, supporters and parents at the annual event, as well as the gentlemen from the MCC.  It is also good to see many people from the funeral continuing their remembrance at the Peter Blake Pavilion on Stovell Field.  Thank you to everyone who made this event happen, particularly Jo Lane, our indefatigable careers teacher and development officer.

Yesterday a small group of students from year 12 English took part in an Orwell day at Eton College, celebrating the 101st anniversary of his time there.  The students took part in a multi-school debate about four major social injustices of the day, and in true-Orwellian fashion, suggested ways to raise awareness and ease the injustice.  It was a great success and the boys are to be commended for contributing so equally with several other state and independent schools in the area.  They ended the day by listening to the former government minister Alan Johnson discuss why Orwell is needed to be read now more than ever given all the social and political changes taking place.  A really good day and another example of a healthy Independent-State School Partnership.

Year 11 have been working hard this week and the first major exams are only a matter of days away now.  Next week we will be gearing the students up to managing the weeks of the actual exams.  I know I don’t have to say it but they should all be really focusing on their studies now, ensuring they are very ready, but at the same time trying to get a balance to keep mentally strong.

I sincerely hope this good weather lasts and we can all enjoy a warm and relaxing long weekend.  Everyone deserves it.

Gavin Henderson